From the Rector
We trust you had an opportunity over the holidays to rest and spend time with family and friends and that you have a sense of hope and joy for the year ahead. We hope the first days of school have gone well, although the weather and new routines of study, co-curricular, and transport can be challenging. We welcome especially those staff and students who are commencing at Saint Ignatius.
Each year has a sense of a new beginning, another opportunity to grow and adapt, and an opportunity to be kind and generous. May your time here foster your love of learning and sense of community. May you forge deep friendships in your care of each other and grow in virtue and a faith that does justice.
Amidst the loss and destruction caused by the bushfires, we saw the resilience of people and communities − the power and gift of the human spirit. As we commence a new year, we remember that we have been journeying for close to 14 billion years. We are always learning to befriend the unfolding process of life and the balance of creation and destruction. So, as the flames and smoke recede, let us not forget the lessons of this tragedy to unite rather than divide.
Let us continue to draw on our common compassion and not to fall into old ways. Let us open our hearts in union and care for our common home. Let us grow in our respect and love of our precious and fragile environment and the many beautiful creatures that inhabit it. Let us listen to and embrace the wisdom of the traditional custodians of this country who have known and loved this land for tens of thousands of years. Let us welcome the valuable contribution of those who have chosen to come to Australia and those who have been forced to seek safety here. Let us continue to serve generously to those in need.
Bishop O’Kelly has invited us to draw people’s attention to the Walk for Life event in Adelaide tomorrow. The following link provides further information: https://www.acl.org.au/adelaide_walk_for_life_2020
Fr Peter Hosking SJ
OREMUS (Let us pray)
We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.
For those who have died:
- Gary Burgess, former member of staff
“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)
If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.